Darien Public Schools 2019-2020

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Schools’ Remote ‘eLearning’ Program Starts: Superintendent’s Suggestions on How to Start

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Darien Public Schools on Tuesday started the remote, online eLearning program for students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and the superintendent of schools has announced to parents and students how they can get prepared this day for when the program becomes mandatory on Wednesday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Board of Education Approves School District Applying to State for Minimum Education Days This School Year

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The Darien school district eLearning program is expected to have some real-time, online teaching starting next week, and state officials seem to be saying that waivers won’t be required if districts don’t have 180 days of teaching in school buildings. That was some of what the Board of Education was told at a special meeting Monday night that was broadcast on Youtube but with the meeting room not open to the public. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Schools ‘Likely’ Closed Longer Than Two Weeks; Board of Ed To Hold Special Meeting, 6:30 PM Monday

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Schools will “likely” be closed for longer than two weeks as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, based on weekend communications with state officials, schools Superintendent Alan Addley said in an announcement emailed Sunday evening, along with a lot of other information about school services during the closure. Also, the Board of Education will hold an “emergency meeting” at 6:30 p.m. Monday (tonight) to get an update on “educational plans moving forward.” The meeting won’t be open to the public, but it will be broadcast live on Youtube, the board announced. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Superintendent Provides Update Friday Morning on eLearning,Mandated School Days: Full Text, Analysis

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Darien schools Superintendent Alan Addley told parents and district staff in an online message Friday morning that (1) the district’s eLearning program is entirely voluntary for students, (2) the program won’t count as a substitute for state-mandated school days, (3) although Governor Lamont waived the requirement that districts provide at least 180 days of schooling, that only applies if a district tries to meet the requirement, and (4) possibly for that reason, spring break from April 6 to 10 may be cancelled. Parts of Addley’s statement were difficult to understand. The full text of the statement is at the bottom of this article. Here’s our best attempt to explain it, and we’re going to attempt to get clarification from Addley or someone else in the district, then update this article. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Darien Schools to Close for Two Weeks After Early Dismissal Thursday; Separately, Darien Library Announces Closure

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Darien schools will close early, at 11 a.m., Thursday, and not reopen until Thursday, March 26, schools Superintendent Alan Addley announced in an email to parents Wednesday night and at a Board of Education meeting the same night. Separately, Darien Library also announced it will be closed “until further notice,” also as a step to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Schools Nursing Director Issues Rules Restricting Attendance for Students, Teachers at Risk of Spreading COVID-19

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In one of two messages Tuesday night to parents and staff of Darien Public Schools, restrictions on attendance or even visiting schools were announced by the district’s Nursing Director, Alicia Casucci. “This communication provides you with travel and school exclusion guidelines for students, staff, families and visitors,” Casucci wrote in the March 10 message. “[T]he following district policies will take effect immediately for parents, students and staff.” The new rules say:

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (“fever, coughing, shortness of breath”) is not allowed to be in school or at school events until a physician clears them to do so. Anyone within 6 feet, for a prolonged period, of someone with COVID-19, or anyone in contact with “secretions” (such as being coughed on) from someone with COVID-19 is also not allowed in school or at school events. Continue Reading →

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School District Announces Additional Restrictions to Combat COVID-19

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The Darien school district won’t sponsor any out-of-state travel for students or staff. In-state field trips, athletic or extra-curricular activities will have to have fewer than 100 participants, as will school gatherings of any kind. Space rented from the district can’t have more than 100 people in it. Those are the new restrictions announced by schools Superintendent Alan Addley at 10:02 p.m., Tuesday night to slow the spread of COVID-19 if it should enter the student body or staff of the district. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Schools on Two-Hour Delay Wednesday As Staff Prepares Remote Learning for Possible School Closures

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Darien schools will open two hours late on Wednesday to give teachers more time to prepare the district’s “eLearning” remote education program in case the COVID-19 coronavirus closes schools, parents were told in a 9:40 p.m., Monday email. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Darien School District Superintendent, Nurse Announce COVID-19 Policies for Keeping Students and Staff Safe

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The nursing director for Darien Public Schools sent an email to parents at 6:35 p.m., Friday, announcing policies for when students traveling abroad would have to wait to come back to school, along with several other safety policies related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In a separate letter sent at 5:27 p.m., Friday, Schools Superintendent Alan Addley told parents that the district would soon unveil an “eLearning Plan” for teaching students over the Internet if school buildings have to close down due to the epidemic. (more…) Continue Reading →

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How Darien School Cafeteria Kitchens Fared in Recent Health Inspections

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Here’s how all seven Darien public school cafeterias were rated in town Health Department inspections in September, released by the department on Thursday and last week. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Monday Night: Board of Ed to Hear About School Renovations, Enrollment Projections, Hiring, Meeting Schedule, Discuss Goals

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Looking at this fall’s projected enrollment, Darien Public Schools officials don’t think they’ll need to add class sections when school starts, the Board of Education was told in a memorandum on Friday. A report on that is among the items on tonight’s board agenda. (more…) Continue Reading →

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18-Year Veteran Police Officer Appointed School Resource Officer for Middlesex Middle School

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Darien Police Officer Schwengerer has been selected as the Police Department’s first school resource officer (SRO) for Middlesex Middle School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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